Strategic Planning update: 10/29/21

Dear NMC Community — Thank you for your continued active and engaged participation in our ongoing strategic planning process. Initiated in April, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee has reached a milestone: Completion of draft mission, vision, values, and strategy statements.

Strategy direction statements were presented to the Board of Trustees at the meeting on October 25. The Office of Research, Planning and Effectiveness is now conducting a survey of all employees on the final wording of the strategic direction statements as well as the mission, vision, and values statements. Please complete the survey by Nov. 2. Students and community members will also have an opportunity to provide feedback. We will also have a series of feedback forums next week for students, employees and the community to share their thoughts on the drafts. Please watch for specific communication on these events.

The strategies will be supported by actionable objectives that will serve as the College’s focus for the next three years. We embarked on the objectives phase in a workshop joined by 50 employees Oct. 22. A second objectives workshop will be held Nov. 5.

We also now know who will be overseeing implementation of those objectives. Jason Slade has been named as our new Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and will start his new role Nov. 29. Jason rose to the top of 90 candidates in a nationwide search and we are confident we have found the individual whose strengths and experiences will position the college all for great future success.

We will continue to provide regular updates on the strategic planning process as we work toward final plan approval by the Board of Trustees. The final strategic plan document will be presented to the Board of Trustees in December and then launched to the campus community in January 2022. The voices and critical insights of the entire NMC community are central to the success of our efforts, and we value everyone’s participation as we engage in this important process. You can get updates any time at and email any questions to